Super Bowl LI

The traditional holiday season may have passed, but Sunday marks one of the biggest sports betting holidays of the year, Super Bowl LI.

Just like any other football game, countless individuals will be betting on the spread and the total when the New England Patriots meet the Atlanta Falcons in NRG Stadium in Houston. Unlike most other games, what makes the Super Bowl special is the amount of action a bettor can get down not just on the outcome of the game, but on countless props ranging from ordinary statistical bets to wacky guesses about what halftime performers will be wearing.

To give you a little backstory, I have made successful wagers in the last six Super Bowl’s and look forward to the craziness that Super Bowl betting brings. While I have seen success, during that same span I have also missed on Super Bowl bets, more so on the game itself than the ‘prop-bets’.

In 2012, I hit it big when Madonna performed the halftime show. I placed a prop-bet on whether or not she would wear a “hat” during the halftime show. Well, she wore a headdress type thing and I took home a cool $3,000.

In 2014, I bet Peyton Manning and the Broncos hard, only to shut the game off by the third quarter as the Seahawks made me a fool taking the Broncos (-5).

You win some, you lose some—but I’m feeling extra confident this year. Here are the bets I have made for Super Bowl LI….

Game bets

Over/Under 59 (-110)

  • Bet the UNDER. In the last 12 Super Bowl’s only once has the combined score been over 56 (Super Bowl XLVII Ravens 34-31 over the 49ers).
  • The New England Patriots boast the No.1 scoring defense in the NFL allowing an average of 15.7 points per game
  • In every Super Bowl the Patriots have been a part of they have never combined for more than 56 points

Patriots -3 (-110)

Patriots ML (-155)

  • If you’re worried about giving up the points, take the money line which isn’t bad at all at -155 for the Pats (I parlayed this with the Over/Under).

Prop Bets

Will a fire alarm be triggered at either hotel? No (-200)

  • This one was intriguing to me as Pats fans are notorious for pulling fire alarms at teams hotels prior to games (they did against Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship). That being said, there is going to be so much security that I doubt it will happen before the Super Bowl. Take the “No” and bet with pride.

Will Johnny Manziel be arrested during Super Bowl LI weekend? No (-1500)

  • I hate the -1500 odds but by the looks of it Johnny Football has his head on straight and is acting more professional. He has done autograph signings in Houston and seems to put his partying days behind him. If you have the money to lay down, do so with confidence.

What color will Lady Gaga’s hair be at the start of the halftime show? Blonde/Yellow (-500)

  • Lady Gaga is an odd cat so who knows what color her hair will be, but given the options I like the blonde to stay and win. Here were the other color options…..
  • Brown (+600) Pink (+1500) Purple (+1500) White (+1600) Blue (+1700) Orange (+2200) Green (+1800)

Super Bowl LI MVP: LeGarrette Blount (+1100)

  • On the latest My Fantasy Podcast, I went into depth explaining why I think LeGarrette Blount will be one of the main reasons why the Patriots will win. The Falcons have the 29th rush defense and they hate to stack the box. They put only 5-men in the box 22 times more than the next NFL team and allow 6.3 yards per rush when they do that. Tom Brady will be able to see the open field and give to Blount consistently en route to a great day on the ground and you know he will get his TD’s (had 18 rushing touchdowns this season to lead the NFL).

 

These are all the bets I have made for Super Bowl LI on Sunday. Let me know what bets you have made or if you will take my advice and make any of the above….

Dan Schalk is the Founder of MyFantasySportsTalk.com, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk

 

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